Gator News And World Report (1/25/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, January 24, 2006. Stronger than she was; Gators learn from their first loss; Hangin' with Savannah Evans; Sorry, FSU, Miami: Gators will rule state; Old Man Moss Lifts UF Spirits; UF's Foley right about danger of court-crashers; Brewer will travel, wants to play vs. USC; Baseball pitching staff has much unproven talent; Green guides Gators to spot among elite; Technology changing recruiting and more....

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators learn from their first loss
Through the highs of a school-record 17-game winning streak to start the season, sophomore forward Joakim Noah knew there were areas where Florida was vulnerable.

UF needs little guys for big rebounds
Florida has been out-rebounded in three of its four Southeastern Conference men's basketball games, but all the blame doesn't belong on the frontcourt players. The guards were the big problem Saturday night against Tennessee

Old Man Moss Lifts UF Spirits
Florida's Adrian Moss, No. 4, tries to get above Savannah State's Chris Linton and Terry Hill during a Jan. 18 game in Gainesville. At 24, Moss has become his team's 'old man on campus.'

UF's Foley right about danger of court-crashers
Ask Joe Kay if he thinks Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley is being a party pooper when he rails against the thousands of Tennessee basketball fans allowed to rush the court after Saturday's victory over the unbeaten Gators.

One loss enough for UF
One loss quickly can become two losses on the road in the Southeastern Conference. Florida hopes to minimize the damage after Saturday's 80-76 loss at Tennessee — their first of the season — when they visit struggling South Carolina tonight.

Brewer will travel, wants to play vs. USC
Florida sophomore forward Corey Brewer will travel with the team tonight, but his status remains doubtful for Wednesday's game at South Carolina.

SEC fines Tennessee $5,000
The Southeastern Conference fined No. 19 Tennessee $5,000 on Tuesday for violating the league's policy prohibiting fans from coming onto the court.

Green guides Gators to spot among elite
Florida fans moaned when Anthony Roberson decided last year to leave after his junior season for the NBA, creating an instant concern about who would lead the Gators this season.

Florida Gator Football

Sorry, FSU, Miami: Gators will rule state
Florida State fans will choke on their Cheerios upon reading this. University of Miami alumni will want to hand down a beat down. What if I made the claim that the state is on the verge of a second sports renaissance in Gainesville? That soon, maybe for the first time in many years in this state, one athletic program might dominate the two large, revenue-generating and most popular sports, being football and basketball, leaving FSU and Miami, temporarily at least, in its dust?

Recruiting $uccess is relative
Things I learned from Internet message boards in the past few days: Urban Meyer is cheating. There's no way the Gators' recruiting class, ranked No. 1 in the country by virtually every service that ranks recruiting classes, is a product of hard work, solid salesmanship and ample opportunity at one of the nation's premier programs. Is there?

Technology changing recruiting
It's not unusual for a high school football recruit to wake up, pick up his cell phone and see a morning greeting from Florida coach Urban Meye

Florida's secret weapon: Betty Ling
Steve Spurrier became a legend for winning games at Florida. Urban Meyer already is getting a lot of credit for reeling in top recruits -- he's expected to sign the nation's No. 1 class next Wednesday -- and excitement has returned to the program.

UF leads the way
College football recruiting is an inexact science at best. Top classes often don't pan out.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Hangin' with Savannah Evans
The Basics...Savannah Evans is a 5-foot-2 ½ junior from Destin. Majoring in Sports Management, Evans aspires to be an athletics director. Evans is best known for her performance on vault and floor.

Florida Lady Gator Tennis

Stronger than she was
It was another sticky late summer Gainesville day. Students were migrating back into town for a new academic year at the University of Florida. The Gators' women's tennis team was eagerly anticipating a new season. And Alexis Gordon was pregnant.

Florida Gator Baseball

Baseball pitching staff has much unproven talent
Gators pitching coach Ross Jones fights for words to describe his young, unproven pitching staff. Then he settles on an interesting analogy.

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